Residents celebrate £500k refurbishment of Hanover Court during trombone master class
25 August 2015
Jessie Hall from Hanover Court in Haxby enjoyed her first trombone lesson on Tuesday 25 August, her 93rd birthday. The lesson took place during a special event to mark the completion of a major estate refurbishment project.
Residents were joined by Cllr Sonja Crisp, Lord Mayor of York and other local dignitaries as they celebrated the completion of a £500k refurbishment project at Hanover Court.
The housing development has seen a significant transformation over the last few months. New cladding has enhanced the external look and feel of the development, making the buildings look more attractive.
New windows, doors, and Juliette balconies, together with cladding and insulation, will vastly improve energy efficiency, which in time will save residents a significant amount of money on their heating bills.
In addition, the estate now boasts a new residents’ lounge and a newly landscaped garden area with seating and raised flower beds.
Jessie said: ‘My trombone lesson is a brilliant birthday treat. I am really pleased with the look and feel of our estate thanks to Hanover and its architects, who have given it a stunning facelift.’
Ben Raybould of Brewster Bye Architects, said: ‘The project was particularly challenging due to the non-traditional construction of the buildings, however by working closely with key consultants we were able to provide something that is thermally efficient, aesthetically pleasing and long lasting.
The project comprised three main components; a new day centre, external wall insulation and a landscaped seating area. Each were carefully approached in terms of design. From the outset we liaised very closely with residents to ensure their requirements and ambitions were met.’
Paul Silk, Operations Manager for Hanover, said: ‘This impressive retrofit programme is the result of creativity and great partnership working.
‘This fantastic development will enable current and future generations of older people to continue to lead healthy and independent lives.’